"Bad Vibe City" (Jackshack; 2012)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Eschewing the stigma attached to the types of music normally associated with emanating from their stomping grounds, Brooklyn, NY punk rock squad Foster Care righteously recreate the disenchanted and displaced attitude of punk rock from its gestation period on the quartet’s 12-track excursion "Bad Vibe City."

Laden with a bevy of catchy songs performed unhinged and intentionally recorded as dirty as on those dusty vinyls and broken cassettes hidden back in the closet (“Don’t Make Me”), this crew gets high marks for paying homage to the punk rock four-count while vividly capturing the confrontational and out-of-control nature and pure adrenaline rush that punk rock is supposed to deliver.

If you lost faith in what modern society considers punk, allow Foster Care to reaffirm your faith and instill hope for more bands like them to appear (“I Never Meant To”).

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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